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imagine what would happen if harry reid had shut down the senate and gone away for nine days, and the republican president they would have gone ballistic. the american people right now want something done. they see this president's proposal as a good, strong compromise. compromise is not a four-letter word but to these republicans it is. all it is to the american people is game playing. when you have a president that's already cut these budgets and handles the deficit by 725 trillion-dollar when he has got a plan that takes us another $1.8 trillion which includes some revenue on the richest of americans, that makes sense to people. so you know, i just think if they're going it take--if they think that they're going to drive this issue into the 2014 elections, you know, they got another think coming. >> michael: i don't understand where they go for these 2014 elections. steve israel said democrats will have begun safety and minimum wage to run on in 2014. if you were a republican strategist knowing what we know about the sequester and knowing what we know about the out of town
's confirmation for defense secretary, but this morning harry reid does in the have the 60 votes to overcome a republican filibuster. he needs five republican votes but so far he only has two, mike johanns of nebraska and thad cochrane of mississippi. so he took his colleagues to task in his own soft-spoken way. >> it's tragic that they've decided to filibuster this qualified nominee. it is really unfortunate. >> michael: you know, reid is of course not totally off the hook. he didn't push filibuster reform through earlier this year even though it looked like he had the chance to do so. but the ludicrous part of this whole thing is the reason why republicans are giving for opposing hagel is bengahzi. that this was a cover up after the ambassador was killed. they're alleging that chuck hagel was involved. not only is that a stretch but chuck hagel oversee something like this. they dignified the response. after both lindsey graham and john mccain said they were largely satisfied according to the hill, but they still wanted to push the hagueel vote back. in reality it's not like they actually c
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